ND Senior Competes in Barrel Racing

On March 16th, 2019, senior Kayley Poteet competed in a barrel race held in Lubbock at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center. Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time. Poteet competed against 67 other people in her event. She placed second in the Open 4D (fourth division) and won the Youth 4D.

"I really enjoyed being back in the arena with my horse Zena who gave it 110%," Poteet said. She went on to say, "I also enjoyed competing against some of the people who have helped shaped me as a rider."

Kayley has been riding since she was a child but began competitive racing her freshman year of high school. She has a passion and love for her horses and taking care of them. She has trained her horses to do their best when running around the barrels. Her hard work and practice has earned herself a record time of 16.7 seconds. Poteet got interested in barrel racing because her mom did it when she was in high school. Hearing the stories her mom told her made Kayley want to follow in those footsteps.

If others want to start barrel racing, they need to know and understand that itís a huge commitment and is not something they can put only 50% of effort into it. But if anyone would like more information about it, they can contact Kayley!

April 2, 2019